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I would have thought that figuring out what to eat or deciding where to eat out would have been the toughest choices for me and Better Half to make as a couple.

But just picking a movie to watch at home anymore is getting to be an awfully complicated process.

Now we not only run the risk of going hungry some days, but we could end up starved for entertainment, too.

Generally our movie night isn’t on a “school night” because I’ll never make it through the opening credits, so Friday is kind of watch-a-flick evening in the Kiaski household … that is, if we can decide on one and actually watch something.

We start out optimistic enough, a mindset quickly challenged, especially after the discovery that among the vast selection of works that there are to watch, there are nearly 4,000 free movies available with a click of the remote.

Four thousand movies??!! I start clicking through them, thinking I’m going to be impressed by the movie’s cover art — not the most productive process.

It’s quite an investment of energy to pick just one movie to sit back and hopefully enjoy, but we try to approach this as sound-thinking adults, as logically as we can without losing interest or our minds in the pursuit of a two-hour commitment on a Friday night, all in the name of relaxation and diversion from the normal pace of life.

We think of movie selection the same way we think of picking a restaurant.

One thing we generally agree on is to not watch musicals, at least not as a couple.

While I appreciate a good musical, not everyone is a fan of a movie where its characters burst into song at the most inopportune times or start dancing around in the midst of other strangers who start dancing themselves.

I’ve tried to picture this happening in real life, and in my weird little mind, I can see it and even be a part of it.

As in figuring out a place to eat, a movie decision can be based on a recommendation from a family member or friend or a review to watch this or try that.

You’ll like it. It’s great. You’ll get a kick out of it. You won’t be disappointed — so the watch-this movie encouragement goes.

Sadly, sometimes the best movie advice we can muster is that somebody said something was pretty good, but we forgot the name of it.

We also agree that the movie we’re going to watch has to have close captioning or we’ll never know what’s going on. What did he say? Did you catch that?

When we do ultimately narrow the choices, then we see who’s in the movie and what the story line is.

I read the plot description provided, which is usually very vague and leaves a lot to the imagination — “a guy meets a girl and they fall in love and face challenges.” Pretty original and riveting.

Nine times out of 10, we end up watching a movie we’ve already seen a hundred times before — maybe “Moonstruck,” for example.

We’ll laugh at all the same scenes and recite the lines from heart while we eat popcorn.

Or I’ll just read a book, and Better Half watches news analysis programming.

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